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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now we already saw on the movie on communicating with students, how to post a new topic to the Latest News section and have that news item emailed out to all of our students, but what if we only want to send an email out to some of the students or we want to send an email out to our students, but we don't necessarily want it posted in the Latest News or Announcement section. To do that, go over to the People block in the upper left-hand corner and click on the link for Participants. The Users inside of your course are listed here.
You can also narrow down the list, if you have a large list of students, by clicking on the first letter of the First name of the student that you want, and it will narrow down the search to show you only those students that match that listing. If you want to narrow the search down even further, you can click on the first letter of the last name of the student, or the Surname and now you have listing that only shows you just the students that match that search criteria. Click on the All buttons again to return back to the listing of all of your students. Let's say you want to send an email to all the students in your class.
To do this, down at the bottom of the screen, click on the button for Select all. All of the check boxes will appear in the right hand side including the link to yourself, which means you will get a copy of the email as well. Next, click on the dropdown menu that says With selected user and select the options for Add/send message. We can now enter the body of our email right here inside of the standard HTML editor.
We'll send all of the students a note welcoming them to the course. Welcome to Coral Reef Ecology. We'll scroll down a little bit. We have the ability to deselect any particular user that we don't want to send this message out to. We want to send the message out to everybody, so we'll leave everybody selected. We'll click the button for Preview; it's going to preview the message for us and show us what it's going to look like when it's sent out, then we'll simply click the Send message button.
So we are given a message that says everything was successful. Now we can return back to your course by clicking on the link by BIOL432 and the message gets sent out. Now you may get a message popping up warning you that the message was not actually sent properly, because you are working in a test environment where you don't have an email server to actually send the message out. So if you get a pop up menu that says that it didn't actually sent successfully, don't worry about it, it's just because we are working in a stimulated environment.
One more thing that we want to step through in this chapter and that is to add an assignment. If you look on the course syllabi, you can see that on January 28 we want all of our students to submit what kind of projects they want to do so that we can put them into the appropriate groups and we'll do that in the next movie.
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